Bharatiya Janata Party’s West Bengal wing has asked for deployment of the Central Forces for the upcoming civic elections in the state. Few of the BJP delegates had a meeting with the West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) and asked for above mentioned hinting at Trinamool Congress’s previous record of electoral malpractices.
“We have demanded the deployment of Central forces in the upcoming civic polls as free and fair polls in Bengal are not possible due to the TMC’s electoral malpractices. The State police also do not function neutrally during polls,” State BJP general secretary Debasree Chaudhuri, who was a member of the delegation, told The Hindu . She also said that it is for the “first time” that the State BJP has demanded deployment of Central forces during civic polls.
Further stating the reason behind deployment of CRPF in the civic polls, she added, ‘awful track record of the State police during earlier polls in Bengal shows the necessity of Central forces during the civic polls.’’ She mentioned that the delegations also submitted copies of FIRs lodged against TMC in context to violence conducted in the earlier polls.
This is not the first time BJP has made such demands. It raised the same issue during May, 2017 and at the time of previous state elections.
Elections will be held on Sunday in 815 polling stations. While the Durgapur Municipal Corporation is the largest among the poll bound civic bodies with 43 wards and 491 polling stations, the smallest is the Coopers’ Camp Notified Area with 12 wards and 43 polling stations.